I know absolutely nothing about a “military suffrage bill” issued from “division headquarters” in San Jose, California in 1872. Nor do I know a thing about the “True Army of the Republic” which the writer of the following letter claimed to represent.
I do know a nut when I see one, though.
It appears that his Exelency Gov. Wood has resolved to call togather the [Utah] Ter. Legislature. We have recommended to his serious consideration the (Military Suffrage Bill) as isued from the division headquarters “ie” (San Jose Cal.) Aug 18th 1872. We presume your Reverence is familiar with the principles involved and we hope for your harty cooperation and perhaps history will recor[d] that in Utah the grand principiles of organization so potent in war were for the first time adopted in peace Our council have under consideration ways & means for the revival of the (Common Law right of Trial by Combat) believing it would hold base and oppressive men in wholsome check & often prevent war